The plot thickens to a new level of juicy in Image Comics’ 3rd issue of Saga, a startling twist of dark science fiction and fantasy. This book is no doubt my favourite of the year thus far, which says a lot since I’ve been knee deep in comics.Saga evokes nostalgic memories of Firefly mixed with the some old school Lord of the Rings and it doesn’t get any better than that! The first issue was a bit tough to get into for those not antiquated with BKV, only because of the sheer randomness of the world. But as the story continues to develop, it’s easier to relate to the oppressive power struggle that seems to make BKV’s strange world turn round. Without a doubt this book is not for the faint of heart but I seriously doubt anyone trolling Bloody-Disgusting is one of those people.
Laying it out on the line, the cover of this book has a ghostly apparition of a female child cut in half with her intestines hanging out … feeling that faint heart yet? The past two issues have been faster pace, action packed, and full of eerie situations.That said, this issue has much less blood shed, making the cover slightly misleading. Before you get disappointed there’s a nice interrogation scene which satiates ones hunger for blood and vulgarity. The ghostly apparition, as before mentioned, introduces herself this issue and looks to have a permanent role, but that’s all I’ll say for now!
This book is incredibly well written thanks to the skills of Brian K. Vaughan, the story has an all encompassing flow, while still delivering the various story lines that will inevitably merge at some point. The dialogue is very appealing, as a former construction and landscape worker lets just say I’m known for my vulgarity; Saga perfectly depicts how I speak in real life, which makes me love it all the more.
The story is also cleverly crafted around a subtle reflective narration that is for the reader alone (the voice of the infant of the family we are following). This style of narration is rarely seen in comics, but I have a feeling it’s about to become way more popular.
As for the art by Fiona Staples, it is genuinely impressive how well it suits the story. Her clear cut lines, tedious characters faces, coupled sketchy lines for clothing and other elements of the environment compliment one another well. This is a deadly duo that will go down in the history books as one of the best.
Reviewed by – GreenBasterd